As I'm driving around Houston I'm noticing the horrible landscape practices towards the crape myrtles. They are such hardy trees that can survive through drought conditions, heavy rains, and even the hot-hot heat of a Texas summer, so why are we mistreating them so bad? Commercial businesses, entries to neighborhoods, and residences are all guilty of hacking away at these beautiful trees. I ran across this article online and thought it was a great one to pass along: Grumpy Gardner's Step by Step to Crape Myrtle Pruning. February is the best month for pruning so, please, if you have a crape myrtle don't get caught in "crape murder!" If you know someone who is guilty of hat-racking pass along the article to help them revive their crape myrtle and bring happiness to it for the summer of 2012- the crape myrtle will thank you for it.
Lap pools, swimming pools, dipping pools, diving pools, infinity edge pools, lounge pools, zero entry pools and in the end a pool is just a pool without the environment around it. At ELI land design we make your pool a custom outdoor living space. We want you to be able to utilize the square footage year round. In the summer, we want your fingers and toes to prune up because you never want to leave your pool. ELI's staff has multiple years of experience working on high end resort design in the areas of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, The Bahamas and even Dubai designing some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
When a homeowner starts the process of building their own home they always picture their dream kitchen, bathroom, wall colors, and interior spaces, but what about the space around the home? A pool might be a must but is it an afterthought and the land is now so sparse on the site that it becomes more of a spa instead? And Curb Appeal? One thing we have noticed in our years of experience with homeowners is usually the landscape architect shows up to the party too late in the game to capitalize on the overall site plan.
You need to follow a shade landscape plan and make your plant selections fit the environmental conditions in your planting bed. Planning before planting is the hallmark of effective landscape design.
Plant failure in landscaping is often due to a plant's being situated somewhere in the yard where it doesn't belong. We fall in love with a plant at the nursery and buy it, without thinking in terms of the plant's sunlight requirements -- and whether or not we can meet those requirements in our yards. After bringing the plant home, we plant it where there's space available, rather than in a spot conducive to the plant's health.
Don't try to force a square peg into a round hole: select shade-tolerant plants for shady areas!